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Getting Rid of Competition Nerves Part 2

November 18, 2014

2011_06_25_6309At my school we give the belts qualities.  The White Belt Quality is Courage.  The courage to try new things is always a challenge.  Most people might think it’s more important for children to try new things, but it’s super important for adults too.  We are all too comfortable to sit and relive our lives.  We are still young… it’s a great time to start new things.


5. Set Mini Goals – Your first tournament can be a whirlwind of action.  By focusing on mini victories you can build them into a giant victory.  Can you defend a takedown, Guard pass, keep your base and not get swept and defend a submission attempt?  Can you start to pass, control a position, stay on top, isolate an arm or start a submission?  When in doubt follow this guide.  Get on Top, Stay on Top, get past the legs.  If you can do this you will likely be racking up points and be in position to submit.

4.  Read the Rules… Know the rules –  The rules can be very confusing for the beginner and the advanced alike.  I have lost matches for not understanding the point system which only leaves you frustrated and resentful.  Be sure to understand how the points are counted, what positions you don’t get points for and what submissions are legal (they change for children and lower belts).  Be sure to look at under the rules sections for the most recent rules.
3. Losing is learning – Sounds a little negative, but I am not just talking about the match.  Did you lose the grip exchange, did you lose the ability to defend the guard pass or to defend the submission attempt?  Losing is an opportunity to learn and get better.  It is an opportunity to strengthen your bond with your teammates, training partners and coach.  After you finish competing, go to the tape and see what can be worked on… then work on it.
2.  Compete, Compete, Compete – This isn’t much help if you’re new to competition, but if you have, you will soon realize that the best way to get better at competing is… to compete!  The more you compete the more comfortable you will get with competing and the process of preparing for competition.  It doesn’t matter on the size of the competition either.  Big ones are great for challenging yourself and small ones are great for putting a new skill into your game.

1.  You are never as good Competing as you are training – Most people are disappointed when they compete that they didn’t do the things they do when they are rolling at the club or they  did things they normally wouldn’t do during training.  The stress of competition changes you… this is why it is so important.  BJJ is for Self Defense, and even if you are not worried about being in a situation to defend yourself, it teaches you how to deal with stress, which is something most of us deal with on a daily basis.

Good luck to all those competing this weekend.  Divisions for Children 4 and up, women and men.
The last tournament had several women come out, so lets keep it going.
Love and respect,
Mike Yackulic


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